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Faces in Places

If you’ve started feeling like you’re being watched while you browse the aisles of a homeware store recently, you have the re-emergence of modernism and post-impressionism to thank.

What?

The fluid, abstract face illustrations that have come to cover everything from t-shirts to earrings, bedding to vases, are inspired by the work of Matisse and Picasso in the early twentieth century.

Modernism was born out of a society coming to terms with the unprecedentedly rapid change of industrialisation. And so in the technology age, it’s perhaps not surprising that we’ve come full circle to once again admire the whimsy and freedom of Matisse and Picasso’s abstract treatment of faces.

Pulling this design motif into your home offers a playful nod to the masters of modernism, without the price tag of a Matisse…

Abstract Face Embroidered Cushion, £25

A seventies colour scheme meets modernist illustration, ticking all the 2019 interior design style boxes in one humble cushion. This is being added to basket for This 1870 House’s living room makeover right now…

Ruiz Face Bust, was £66.99 now £49.99

The fun optical illusion aspect of this piece comes from its hollowed-out design, which means it looks completely different from every angle. It’s playful and unusual, and the finger-to-lips motif would make it a great addition to a home office or reading corner.

Olege Funny Face Flower Pot, £95

At the quirkier end of the spectrum is this little guy, with his unassuming expression and tiny plant pot feet. Fill with an expressive trailing plant – like Sedum Burro’s Tail – to complete the look.

Matte Mustard Yellow Wall Ornament, £36

Since discovering these wall ornaments on Instagram a few weeks ago, I’ve become a little obsessed with them. They’re available in five different complementary designs (but selling fast – be quick!) so you could configure them into a gallery wall or simply prop them on a shelf for a real conversation starting design.

Decorative Face Figure, £25.99

This minimalist wire art would inject a dose of modernist whimsy into any colour scheme. The bold matte black finish is right on trend, too.

Three Faces Line Art Poster, £7.95

There’s no shortage of face line art on Desenio – in fact, I have two of them above my bed and a few more on my ‘coveting’ list. This design, with its three intertwined faces, is particularly pleasing in its fluid elegance.

Glazed Peaceful Faces Flower Pot, £9.99

Rockett St George are an amazing destination for unusual, unexpected homewares. These pots – with their namesake “peaceful faces” – are just made growing herbs on a kitchen windowsill.

Trinket Dish, £12

Keep your stuff in one place – one stylish and Matisse-inspired place – with this cute trinket dish. It feels so unlike the sort of thing you would buy for yourself which, if you ask me, is the definition of a perfect gift.

XXL Linen Tassle Pillow

Dive into the trend with this handmade linen bolster pillow. With its gold zip, flax linen backing and cream tassles, the attention to detail is flawless.

Quartz Face Jewellery Hanger, £20

Dress up your dressing table with this delicate jewellery stand – the quartz base and filigree face design are an evolution on the marble-and-rose-gold designs that have been everywhere in the last 12 months.

Duvet Cover Set, £50

Leave subtlety at the bedroom door with this gorgeously bold bedding print. The simple lines keep the all-over print from being overwhelming – pair with minimalist decor for a true statement. It would work especially well to bring personality to a student bedroom.

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